Ronald Fraser

Ronald Fraser (11 April 1930 – 13 March 1997) was an English character actor, who appeared in numerous British plays, films and television shows from the 1950s to the 1990s. He was perhaps best known as Basil "Badger" Allenby-Johnson in the 1970s television series The Misfit. Ronald Fraser was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, the son of an interior decorator and builder from Scotland. He attended Ashton Grammar School. He was educated in Scotland and did National Service as a Lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders. While serving in Benghazi in north Africa, he appeared in the comic play French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan. He trained as an actor at RADA until 1953 and soon appeared at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. He joined the Old Vic repertory company in 1954, making his first London appearance in The Good Sailor, a stage adaptation of Herman Melville's novel, Billy Budd. In the West End, he appeared in The Long and the Short and the Tall, The Ginger Man, The Singular Man, Androcles and the Lion, The Showing Up of Blanco Posnet, Purple Dust by Seán O'Casey, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Joseph Papp's production of The Pirates of Penzance and High Society.


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